Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Photo courtesy of http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

Congratulations are in order for Jillian Michaels, former Biggest Loser trainer! Jillian just adopted a toddler from Haiti and was seen walking the streets of Malibu with her little cutie. Click here for more photos and an article.

Monday, May 14, 2012


Nancy Gongloff is not only a friend of our Executive Director's, but a retired Registered Nurse. With a BS from Syracuse University and a year of post graduate training in Drug Treatment, Nancy has been gracious enough to utilize her background in health and medicine by offering to review some books that may be of interest to our families and supporters.

The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a novel incidentally written by a foster and adoptive mother, about a young woman's life in, and emancipation from, foster care at the age of eighteen with alternating chapters from her past and her present.  The novel weaves an enumeration of her pain, loss, struggles with attachment, feelings of unworthiness, resilience, and so many other frequently seen positive and "not so much" characteristics of adopted and foster children.  Our heroine is Victoria, who exits foster care with few skills, but a love for flowers and their meanings in Victorian times, learned in a foster home where she hoped to be adopted, but in a heartbreaking series of mistakes and misunderstandings is doomed to age out of group care, instead.  Her ingenuity and will to survive and allow the possibility of love and redemption, make us continue to be on her side and cheer when we finish reading. 

      This is fiction; in the sense that we experience fiction in our care for kids.  Is this true?  If not exactly for me, and not exactly for you, it is still as true as it gets.  Flawed, loving parents can help these children to experience their own redemption.  This is a disturbing book worth reading.

Nancy and her husband have two adult children they adopted as infants, and four much-beloved grandchildren. She's worked briefly in a prison with 16-21 year old men as a counselor, and spent twenty years as a nurse in college health. She has been a United Methodist Pastor's wife for forty years.

Friday, May 11, 2012


So on Wednesday, we were pretty sure we overheard that there were only going to be a few of us girls in the office today. So naturally, we decided to do a theme day!

Kate had the idea of "Cowgirl Friday" and with that, themed Fridays were born. Happy Friday to all our families and youth!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Whew! It's My Turn Now, the agency that handles all photolistings for Georgia youth, has just registered almost 90 children and sibling groups with CAP! I am working to get these children posted on our site in the next few weeks but in the meantime, I wanted to share the sweetest sentence from one of the narratives so far.

"Shalycia enjoys running, skipping, jumping and dancing."

I mean, how can you not love our children?!